Shoal Creek slope remains unstable city works to prevent future foundation shift

Damage from a landslide alongside Shoal Creek still remains nearly two weeks after heavy rains pushed the foundation of the area underneath.

The shift is impacting three homes that sit on top of the hill.

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Thursday a preliminary geo-technical analysis report was released. Managing Engineer Mike Kelly said the assessment sheds a bit of light on what the city is dealing with.

"That slope failure remains unstable so the massive earth that has fallen down into shoal creek is unstable and our primary direction is don't touch that right now," Kelly said, “The city has not advised people on whether or not they should stay in their houses. What we have done is reach out personally and have one on one conversations with the property owners so they know.”

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The engineers goal is also to remove moisture from the area. Another heavy rainfall can mean another shift in the foundation. Kelly said the city will be working with property managers to re-direct water drainage. Workers will also be removing vegetation. Kelly said the 100-year flood plain has risen two-feet and can impact the commercial buildings along Lamar.

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"So if we can minimize that vegetation we can reduce the rise in the flood plain by about a half, in this case that's significant," said Kelly

The cost to repair the slope is unclear but Kelly said it will not be a cheap fix he hopes to have preliminary solutions made by next week.